Community Development: Norwood News
Founded in 1988 by Mosholu Preservation Corporation, the Norwood News was created to foster communication among citizens and organizations and to be a tool for neighborhood development efforts. As one of the leading and most-widely respected community media organizations in New York City, the Norwood News’ seeks to inform and amplify the voices and concerns of Bronx residents, who are often overlooked by the mainstream media.
Over the years, the Norwood News has grown from a monthly newsletter covering a single neighborhood to a bi-weekly newspaper with 37,500 readers and expanding web presence that primarily covers the northwest Bronx, but also aims to report on stories and deliver information about what’s happening throughout the borough. We bring attention to ongoing problems, while also highlighting the positive stories in the Bronx.
While the focus of our coverage continues to be on the northwest Bronx and Community District 7, the Norwood News recently diversified its distribution and coverage to include Westchester Square, Morris Park and Wakefield. We are the only paper exclusively distributed throughout Montefiore Medical Center’s four main Bronx campuses.
The Norwood News has been honored and awarded for its outstanding news production and in- depth reporting on major Bronx stories, including the re-development of the Kingsbridge Armory. In the past couple of years, the Norwood News has expanded its online and social media presence. Our next goal is to improve our mobile product.
The Bronx Youth Heard
The Norwood News, with the support from local Bronx councilmen Fernando Cabrera and Joel Rivera, and Hostos Community College, run Bronx Youth Heard (formerly known as the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative), a free after-school journalism program for Bronx high school students. Bronx schools are severely lacking in school newspapers and journalism training. We stepped in to the fill the void.
Students learn the fundamentals of writing, reporting, and photojournalism through classroom instruction and hands-on reporting in their own neighborhoods. We take them on field trips – including the newsroom of a daily newspaper. They learn about community activism and civic responsibility, how their neighborhoods work (or don’t), who has power, who doesn’t and why.
Each student works toward producing his or her own Bronx-focused news article by the end of the 12-week program. At the end of the class, we compile all of the stories and photos and turn it into the Bronx Youth Heard newspaper, which runs inside of the Norwood and is distributed to our 37,500 readers. The classes are run out of Hostos Community College.
Address: 3400 Reservoir Oval E, Bronx, NY 10467
Phone Number: (718) 324-4998
Editor in Chief: David Cruz